Sir David Manning GCMG, CVO joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1972. He served in Warsaw, New Delhi, Paris and Moscow.
From 1994-5 he was Head of Policy Planning; from 1995-8 Ambassador to Israel; and from 1998-2000 he was Deputy Under Secretary of State for Defence and Intelligence and a member of the Foreign Office Board.
He was the UK Permanent Representative at NATO (Brussels) from 2000-2001 before returning to London as Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat (2001-2003). He was then Ambassador to the United States for four years from 2003-2007.
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild is currently Chairman of E.L. Rothschild Ltd, a private investment company focussed on India. He was Chairman and CEO of NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd, the international investment bank, from 1976 until 2003. During that time, he increased the total assets of the business from £400m in 1976 to £4.6b in 2003. He also expanded the number of offices worldwide from 15 to over 50.
From 1972 until 1989, Sir Evelyn also served as Chairman of The Economist Group, where the family is a large minority holder. During that time, its circulation increased from 101,000 to 362,000 copies; the turnover increased from £4.4m to £70.8m. Sir Evelyn is also a Director of IMG Worldwide Inc.
Previous corporate directorships include: Director of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd, and Director of IBM United Kingdom Holdings Ltd.
Sir Evelyn has served the British government in various capacities, including as Chairman of United Racecourse, and Deputy Chairman of Milton Keynes Development Corporation. He has also been a member of the UK Business Delegation with Prime Minister Blair to South America and has represented the UK at the International Institute of Strategic Studies meetings in Bahrain.
Sir Evelyn has maintained a lifetime commitment to philanthropy. He is Chairman of the ERANDA Foundation, a family foundation he founded in 1967 to support charities working in the fields of medical research, health and welfare, education and the arts. In this capacity, he funds the Integrated Rural Development Corporation in Tamil Nadu, which supports 26,000 people. He also built and operates the Lady Lynn Joyful Home for Children for 50 orphans in Tamil Nadu. Also in India, he serves as co-Patron with the Rajmata of Jaipur of the Elephant Family.
In addition, Sir Evelyn currently serves as a Governor of the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Chairman of Cambridge Business School Appeal, co-Patron of the Interfaith Foundation and Honorary Life President of Norwood and Ravenswood Children’s Charity.
He was formerly Chairman of St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in Paddington, London, Member of the Council of the Shakespeare Globe Trust and President of the Evelina Children’s Hospital Appeal.
Sir Evelyn was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 for services to banking and finance. He is married to Lynn Forester and has three children and two step-children.
Meg Allen is currently Director, DRAMLA S.A., Geneva. Born and raised in the U.S.A. (Hawaii, then California), her qualifications include a BSc. Degree (Accounting and Economics) and an Investment Management Certificate.
Meg co-founded the partnership, DRAMLA Consulting U.K. in 1984 where she was responsible for financial management and providing intermediary services for companies looking to establish joint ventures in China. In 1995 she co-founded DRAMLA S.A. in Geneva where she is currently Director responsible for portfolio management.
Meg co-manages a charitable foundation which supports health, education, arts, sports and community projects. Other than family and sports activities, she has several interests and commitments in the Arts and in Transatlantic politics. Meg is married to David and they have three children.
Lord Chadlington (Peter Gummer) is Chief Executive of Huntsworth plc, the listed international public relations group.
Lord Chadlington read the Moral Science Tripos at Selwyn College, Cambridge. After a period in journalism, he founded Shandwick in 1974 which, after listing in 1984, became the largest PR firm in the world. It was sold to the US communications conglomerate, InterPublic Group (IPG) in 1998.
Lord Chadlington has served as a non-executive director on a number of Boards including HBOS, Britax and Tempus. He has also been active in the arts as member of the Arts Council, Chairman of the Royal Opera House and was the first Chairman of the Lottery Distribution arm of the Arts Council of England. He is also involved in a wide range of charities and benevolent organizations.